The EU policy section provides an overview of EU policy to address trafficking in human beings. It contains information from the European Commission, the European Parliament and other EU institutions and agencies.
The European Union's policy for addressing trafficking in human beings is comprehensive focusing on prevention, protection of victims, prosecution of criminals, and the developing partnerships with the various actors involved. This approach is human rights based, victims centred, gender specific and child sensitive.
This approach is reflected in the EU Directive on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims of 5 of April 2011 (which replaces the 2002 framework decision).This Directive brings robust provisions on victim's protection, including national mechanisms for early identification and assistance of victims and supports the principle of non-punishment and unconditional assistance. It also obliges Member States to appoint National Rapporteurs or Equivalent Mechanisms.
An important policy instrument that follows from the Directive on trafficking is the EU Strategy towards the eradication of trafficking in human beings 2012-2016. The Strategy expands on issues identified in the Directive and is consistent with its comprehensive approach. It focuses, therefore, on prevention, protection, prosecution and partnerships and also on ways to increase knowledge on emerging concerns related to trafficking in human beings.
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Council EU Plan on best practices, standards and procedures for combating and preventing trafficking in human beings
Publication date : 09.12.2005
(2005 C 311/1), 12 pages The 2005 Council EU plan on best practices, standards and procedures for combating and preventing trafficking in human beings provides for specific actions to be implemented by Member States, the Commission and other EU more+
Opinion No. 7/2010 - Proposal for a European Strategy and Priority Actions on combating and preventing trafficking in human beings (THB) and protecting the rights of trafficked and exploited persons
Publication date : 17.10.2010
The aim of this Opinion is to offer a new strategic framework for tackling trafficking in human beings (THB), ensuring further and more focused implementation of the EU Strategy on THB. The EU Expert Group proposes a more concrete approach, more+
6th EU Anti-Trafficking Day against trafficking in human beings: the Way Forward
Publication date : 30.10.2012
To mark the 6th EU Anti-Trafficking Day, the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the EU and the European Commission organised a high level conference in Brussels on 18 October 2012. The conference 'Working together towards the eradication of more+
New European Strategy 2012-2016
Publication date : 07.11.2012
On 19 June 2012, the European Commission adopted the "EU Strategy towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings (2012-2016)”. The Strategy is a set of concrete and practical measures to be implemented over the next five years. It is based more+
Commission launches EU Civil Society Platform against trafficking in human beings
Publication date : 03.06.2013
Europe needs to work closer together to help the victims of today's slavery. On 31 May 2013, over 100 European civil society organisations joined forces in the new EU Civil Society Platform against trafficking in human beings. The Europe-wide more+
- How to Enhance Assistance to Victims of Human Trafficking in the Baltic Sea Region Dates: 19/03/2014 - 19/03/2014
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